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u/cuddlychu

RN, BSN 5 years ago

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How I reacted when my NCLEX shut off after 75 questions.

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funwheeldrive

20 points · 5 years ago

I've never met anyone who only had 75 questions and ended up failing, I think its pretty much impossible to do unless you are trying to fail on purpose.

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kycube

MSN, RN11 points · 5 years ago · edited 5 years ago

The NCLEX is an adaptive test that adjusts based on how good or bad you are at the questions. If you do very poorly, the system shouldn't need to give you more questions because it "assumes" you won't get them right.

The test will only shut off at 75 questions because of one of the following scenarios:

  • You did really, really well. So well, in fact, that the system no longer needed more information to determine that you know your shit.


  • You did really, really badly. So bad, in fact, that the system no longer needed more information to determine that you don't know your shit.

Unless you think you did an absolutely TERRIBLE job, (seriously, you should know if you did that bad), you passed. Congrats.

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rnkrc

RN – OB/GYN3 points · 5 years ago

I made the mistake of saying that to a classmate that got 75 questions and failed. I felt like a jerk, but in all honestly you'd have to seriously bomb every question to fail in 75.

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[deleted]

9 points · 5 years ago

One of the people I graduated with failed at 75 questions. It can happen.

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DrDeath666

39 points · 5 years ago

You aren't helping here.

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and_now_what_jimmy

RN20 points · 5 years ago

Think that's bad? Mine shut off at 263.

263!

That was an uncomfortable 1.5 hour drive home.

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kycube

MSN, RN5 points · 5 years ago

Wow. 265 is the maximum number of questions the system can give you. You really stumped the computer.

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FrumpyGrump

2 points · 5 years ago

One of my classmates took it all the way to 265 last week. He called me on the way home and told me how brutal it was and how he was so embarrassed that he failed. He actually passed though! 265!

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captaincuntface

CVMSICU3 points · 5 years ago

I took the NCLEX 3 times. And I got all 265, all three times. Finally passed the third time, but on the way home from the last time I went by the community college to sign up for summer classes because I was ready to change majors. Luckily though, I found out a couple of days later that I passed!

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AkHaero

RN18 points · 5 years ago

As a nurse whose test shut off after 75 questions, either you passed with flying colors or failed with flying colors. The next 48hours are going to be the longest of your life…

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purpleRN

RN-LDRP7 points · 5 years ago

Agreed. I spent the next few days obsessively refreshing our state nursing board's website to see if my name showed up in the list of active licenses….

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rain0rshine

4 points · 5 years ago

Oh god. Me too. And, I'm not too ashamed to admit, I had a good cry in my car as I was leaving the testing center. I was convinced I had failed.

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AkHaero

RN5 points · 5 years ago

Me and five classmates tested together. We all finished with an hour of each other. After everyone was finished we all met up at the local chilis and had four or five margaritas. This starting the alcoholic tradition of meeting up after a long 12 hour shift for a drink.

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Angelsblade31

RN – ICU2 points · 5 years ago

Yeah, it was the same for me. My father and I were prepared for hours of testing. (He drove me the hour and a half it took to get to my test site since I didn't have a car yet.) I stared at the screen for a few minutes thinking the world had ended at 75 questions. I cried after I called my dad to come pick me up. Quietest ride home ever.

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Flurryyea

RN10 points · 5 years ago

Took all 265 questions and at the very end I was given Select All That Applies. 5.5 hours. Thank Florence, I passed it on the first try.

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seviyor

6 points · 5 years ago

I laughed far too hard at "thank Florence" BHAHAHAHAHAH!

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sean_ake

1 point · 4 years ago

One of my relatives worked side by side with Nightingale at the beginning! I'm a descendant of Godliness. Call me Hercules.

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seviyor

1 point · 4 years ago

Well, if you're anywhere near as attractive as Disney makes him out to be… Just less animated, I'll call you whatever you want me to.

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sean_ake

1 point · 4 years ago

Hercules it is.

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seviyor

1 point · 4 years ago

I have no idea who you are , but thank you kind Internet stranger for making me laugh. Needed that.

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hiddenkitsune

RN, BSN11 points · 5 years ago

You should try out the Pearson VUE trick. My computer shut off at 80 questions and I just -knew- that I had failed. I went ahead and tried the trick after a hour of taking the test and going by its results, I passed. Sure enough, after waiting two days I saw my name on my board of nursing site. Give it a try; I hope it will relieve some of your anxiety!! 🙂

http://allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/pearsonvue-trick-true-374829.html

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[deleted]

4 points · 5 years ago

I checked 5 or 10 minutes in a McDonald's parking lot. Thought I was going to throw up waiting on that pop up. It was the "good" pop up, so I bought a Diet Coke and drove home.

The pop up is 100% if you get the good one.

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cbsauder

RN – ICU3 points · 5 years ago

Just took it this morning… 78 questions, Pearson VUE won't let me register. I'M AN RN!!!!

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cuddlychu

RN, BSNOriginal Poster8 points · 5 years ago

Updates for all of you, I got the "good pop-up" from Pearson Vue. It says something like "we see you've already tested..contact your state board member for assistance… cant register at this time". If somebody can confirm that is the good one.

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Nursetilt

3 points · 5 years ago

That's the goodie.

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hiddenkitsune

RN, BSN3 points · 5 years ago

That is exactly what I got. I am 99.9% sure you passed! 😀

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Pyxis90

4 points · 5 years ago

I don't know which would be worse, getting shut off after 75 or taking the full 265.

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and_now_what_jimmy

RN5 points · 5 years ago

Taking 265 for sure. Just because by the time you realize you're taking the 265, you're so wore down and can barely think straight.

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fatlace

RN, BSN3 points · 5 years ago

I did that twice.

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Macrophage

RN – ICU4 points · 5 years ago

As did I. I worried that this would translate into what I'd always feared: that I was not meant to be a quality RN and that I'd just "gottten by". Happily this was not truth as I am, I believe, an excellent nurse.

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fatlace

RN, BSN1 point · 5 years ago

I'm looking for my first job. Hopefully I can be that confident too.

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fatlace

RN, BSN1 point · 5 years ago

Me too.

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greasetrapSp04

BSN,RN-BC-Psych/mental health1 point · 5 years ago

I took 265 4x (twice for my RN and twice for LPN), now that sucks.

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fatlace

RN, BSN-1 points · 5 years ago

God works in mysterious ways.

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[deleted]

5 points · 5 years ago

I gasped when my screen shut off at 75 questions. I didn't expect it and knew I failed because those questions SUCKED. Like 68 of the 75 questions straight up sucked. I just tried to remember (and believe) what they told us in school, if you walk away feeling good after 75 questions, you totally failed. But if you walk away thinking your life is over because you failed, you passed!

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zizou21

2 points · 5 years ago

that doesn't make any sense lol..

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insertwittyusername9

RN – ER2 points · 5 years ago

But its true. If you get a test with questions that are easy enough that you feel great about them then you are getting below pass line questions. Meaning your failing. S if you feel like it was the hardest most ridiculous test you've ever taken and you are sure you bombed it then you were in the hard above passing questions. It's a weird test.

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HolyPeas

RN – Telemetry1 point · 5 years ago

The test is designed to get harder and harder as you go along, so if you are getting easy to answer questions it means you have been missing a lot. SOOO, if you finish thinking it was easy peasy you probably should take that as a bad sign. That being said, I knew I passed when I took boards. I was getting difficult questions and I just had a feeling about it…. so take it with a grain of salt.

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inthefIowers

RN, BSN1 point · 5 years ago

According to what you're saying I failed (77 questions, didn't feel like it was as hard as I expected) BUT I got the positive pearson vue popup – so that may not always be true. Maybe I was just expecting a certain level of difficulty from the test so it didn't bother me? (I had tons of Select All btw)

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behn12

4 points · 5 years ago

I'm confused about the NCLEX. Does it shut off when you get too many wrong?

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AkHaero

RN3 points · 5 years ago

Each question is weighted a certain number of points. If you answer the question correctly, you are awarded the points. If you incorrectly answer, the points count against you. Once you reach the "pass/fail" mark, the test shuts down.

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behn12

2 points · 5 years ago

So, that means it's better to get only 75 questions in rather than all of the 200+ questions?

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wicksa

RN – LDRP10 points · 5 years ago · edited 5 years ago

there are 3 different levels of questions from easiest to hardest. the easiest are knowledge based questions, and the hardest are select all that apply, delegation, or questions that require more critical thinking. you start out with level one questions. if you get enough of them right, you start to get level 2 questions, if you get them right you get level 3 questions. if you get to a level 3 question, you go back to level 2 questions until you start getting them right and move up to level 3s. you pass when the algorithm says you have successfully and consistently gotten enough level 3 questions right. you fail when you have consistently gotten level 2 and 1 questions wrong.

if you pass at 75: you blazed through the level 1 & 2 questions, got up to level 3 questions, and continued to get them right till the end.. (you still may have gotten some questions wrong from any level, but you more often got them right.

if you fail at 75: you got most of the questions wrong, you may or may not have gotten to level 3 questions, if you did, you didnt stay there long. you may have only gotten 1s. You may have gotten a bunch of twos and kept getting them wrong, then right, then wrong again.

if you passed at 265 questions: for a while you were teetering between level 2 and 3 questions. you got a handful of level 2s right, started getting 3s and got a few right, then you got a level 3 wrong, then you got two level 2s wrong, then you got a 2 right, and a 3 right, and then you kept getting 3s right and passed!

if you failed at 265: for a while you were teetering between level 2 and 3 questions. you got some 2s right, moved on to 3s, got a few right, then got some wrong. you got moved down to the 2s, got some wrong, then got a bunch right, and went back to 3s. you ended up getting a bunch wrong and ended back in the twos, you may have even given up at this point and got bumped down to 1s. now you failed. 🙁

example of level 1 question:

The RN is treating a patient with left sided heart failure. The RN recognizes which of the following assessments as typical for someone with this condition?

a. crackles in the lungs. *

b. difficulty urinating

c. anorexia

d. pedal edema

ex. level 3 question:

The nurse is working on a medical-surgical floor. Which tasks should the RN delegate to the UAP? Select all that apply.

a. Assess the pressure ulcer on the diabetic patient during AM care.

b. Measure output from the post op patient's foley catheter and chart it accordingly. *

c. Feed a confused patient who is ordered a pureed diet. *

d. Teach the post op TKR patient how to use the incentive spirometer.

e. Take the temperature of the patient recently admitted with a diagnosis of sepsis. *

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kittengurlsupreme

2 points · 5 years ago

I read this all, I take mine on the 16th and am nervous but slowly getting better at answering questions! So thanks for putting this wall of text up, it made me feel a little better 🙂

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wicksa

RN – LDRP2 points · 5 years ago

well thanks for reading it! glad it helped, it took me like 30 mins to type out, then i was like, "what if no one cares!!??" haha

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seviyor

2 points · 5 years ago

Or, what if they watched the video below? 😉

LOL, but really, I do better with visual explanations, so if people need one, theres a video below.

edit: Your explanation is much more indepth though on the overall type of questions!

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behn12

2 points · 5 years ago

Wow, thanks for this reply. This really helped me a lot. I'm going to start nursing school next year, and I was a little anxious about this test because everyone says it's so difficult. Thank you!

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seviyor

0 points · 5 years ago

Okay, is the answer on the level 3 question…..

everything but A?

Did I just pass or fail life?!

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wicksa

RN – LDRP2 points · 5 years ago

the asterisks are in front of the correct ones… in NCLEX world:only RNs can teach. LPNs can enforce teaching that was initially started by an RN. UAPs can not teach.

also, i made these questions up myself so don't rely too heavily on their accuracy. just examples. But absolutely for NCLEX questions: only RNs can (TIA) Teach, give IV meds, and Assess.

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seviyor

2 points · 5 years ago

Clearly I didn't pay attention to notice the asterisks…. double fail. And, I was wondering on D! I didn't think hard enough though. Now that I think about it, CNAs can encourage use, but not teach it… thanks for that little info for later use too.

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purpleRN

RN-LDRP3 points · 5 years ago

Not necessarily. If you get too many of them wrong, eventually the test gives up on you as a hopeless case.

So you can pass with 75 right, or fail with 75 (or whatever their cutoff is) wrong.

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seviyor

2 points · 5 years ago

I have also heard that if you are given the 265, they really only look at the last 60 questions of the test to determine your overall competency…. but just because you get 265, doesn't mean you are just bombing the questions, just that it is giving you a chance to better show your abilities (or lack there of)… basically you are on the line.

Source: Review session provided by big name review company at state conference.

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insertwittyusername9

RN – ER3 points · 5 years ago

You are correct about the last 60. It's in the guidelines on the nclex website

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seviyor

1 point · 5 years ago

Here's a good explanation

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wicksa

RN – LDRP2 points · 5 years ago

man, i wrote out this long comment, and here there was a video explaining it. hmf.

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mugglefucker

3 points · 5 years ago

Oh, my gawd. THIS gif a million times. Mine shut off at 75, with around 35 select all that apply questions, and I thought…nay, KNEW I failed. I didn't, but still. Worst feeling.

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Baconated_Kayos

2 points · 5 years ago

I take it the 8th. I'm terrified. I did Kaplan, and in the practice tests I'm getting mid 50s… im freaking out that I'm gonna fail it.

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I_pollute

RN – MICU/Morgue2 points · 5 years ago

I did Kaplan as well. 100% of qbank 59% avg. Trainers 1-5 (55-62) trainer 6 and readiness (63). I did 150 questions a day for a week or so before the test.

Just took the NCLEX today in 75q with good pop up. I only had maybe 12 SATA and 5 arrange things in order.

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seviyor

1 point · 5 years ago

At least Kaplan will refund your $500 or whatever if you fail?

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itsnyxieful

RN, BSN2 points · 5 years ago

Mine shut off at 75 questions. Afterward I couldn't remember any of the questions and freaked out thinking that I somehow skipped a bunch. But I passed! Now go do something fun to take your mind off the wait!!

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derangedkoala

2 points · 5 years ago

This was me, except it happened twice. I was sick when I took the NCLEX and the weather was horrible. I had butterflies in my stomach and couldn't for the life of me duplicate my damn signature on my license. Yeah, things weren't looking good from the get go. Anyway, I sat down to take my test, unwrapped cough drops lined up on the table in front of me. It seemed like I was getting similar questions when my screen went black at question 74. I remember thinking "Shit! Shit! This is what I get for slacking off and not reviewing as much as I should have." The system promoted me to take a break and I very shakily got up and used the ladies room. So I go back, sit down and resume my test and the screen went black after ONE FRICKING QUESTION. By then I was in full freak out mode, and the proctor signalled me that the test was over. Went home in tears, absolutely certain I flunked, and moped for the next 48 hours. Needless to say, I had never been that nervous in my entire life. Seeing a license number beside my name was the best feeling ever.

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Gweniferb

RN2 points · 5 years ago

OMG!!! This so completely describes how I felt when mine shut off at 75! I was the second person done and was convinced I had failed. Cried the whole way home, 2+ hours bawling my eyes out! Like someone else said, thank Florence, I passed!

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lennyandcarl

Surgical/Trauma ICU2 points · 5 years ago

Question for anyone who's taken it… Are the questions on the NCLEX any easier than Kaplans? Some of them feel imposible

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H1landr

RN – Psych/Mental Health7 points · 5 years ago

Here's my take on it… to prepare for the NCLEX I just kept taking Kaplans. Sometimes I scored low and sometimes I scored even lower. I did review my wrong answers and read the right answers. I maybe did 500 Kaplan questions in total.

When I took the NCLEX every question was either pretty easy OR it was something I had missed on the Kaplan questions and I had a pretty good idea from that. To this day I have no idea why salmon salad is good for diverticulitis and tuna salad isn't but Kaplan told me so and NCLEX had the same question.

I guess it's good I went into psych.

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I_pollute

RN – MICU/Morgue2 points · 5 years ago

Kaplan is pretty damn hard but very similar to the higher level NCLEX questions. I look at it like training for a marathon but only running a 5k. I was prepared for 265 but I damn well knew one way or another its shutting down at 75.

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[deleted]

2 points · 5 years ago

Let us know how your status

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ECU_BSN

RN BSN CHPN WINE2 points · 5 years ago

I threw up. After 75 questions it just went blank. Fast forward 14 years: friend tells me there are "blue bags" in the testing centers.

Yep…my generation inspired barf bags….

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edselpdx

MSN, APRN1 point · 5 years ago

Now I feel really old. I took the old pencil and bubble sheet test in a giant room full of people and had to wait weeks for my results.

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Tin_Pinocchio

3 points · 5 years ago

We still do that in Canada.

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EuroTrish

RN1 point · 5 years ago

Try not to stress it out. I shut down at 156 and passed. 🙂 And yes, I cried my eyes out as soon as I was done. I was 100% convinced I failed. That test SUCKED BALLS!!!!

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AshtonLenee

CSU-CVICU2 points · 5 years ago

I went to take my NCLEX and saw that there were six others in the room before me. I sat down, got to the minimum amount of questions, and it shut me off. Looked around and saw that everyone was still testing. I had finished before anyone else and they were there a good 45 minutes before me. I immediately started to cry. Had to sit outside and wait for my husband to come pick me up. Found out a couple days later that I passed. NCLEX is soul-crushing.

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cuddlychu

RN, BSNOriginal Poster2 points · 5 years ago

My reaction when I got the good pop-up.

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DashingDreamer

RN – Med/Surg2 points · 5 years ago

Lol. Got 77 questions and my reaction was this up until I got the chance to do the PV trick. Afterwards, I felt a little better but still uncertain. It'll get better OP.

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cuddlychu

RN, BSNOriginal Poster1 point · 5 years ago

My results came up through the state. I changed my flair to signify it.

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DashingDreamer

RN – Med/Surg1 point · 5 years ago

Congratulations! 🙂

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kirbys_dead

RN – ICU1 point · 5 years ago

Yeah … That is how I felt when I got stopped at 75. Thought I failed

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trahnse

BSN, RN – Hospice1 point · 5 years ago

Me too!! I walked out of the test center feeling numb. I was not confident that I passed. I felt like I did a lot of educated guessing. I got the good popup, but I've still been checking the BON obsessively. I just want it to be official!

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pinkkeyrn

RN – OR1 point · 5 years ago

Congrats RN!

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nikils

1 point · 5 years ago

That happened to me. Worse, it shut down riiiiight after I realized that my last answer was totally, absolutely wrong!

Double worse was the fact that I was the first person in the room to be finished. I've learned that my first instinct is usually right and the longer I spend pouring over the answers, the worse I score on tests. But the looks I got from everyone….the pity!

Passed. 🙂

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Gibblez

1 point · 5 years ago

Congratz!

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wonderwife

RN1 point · 5 years ago

I also know that terrible feeling. I was more than just a little nauseated. I ended up having to wait more than the 48 hours to find out the results because I took my NCLEX during the snowiest week of the year (we ended up with 4.5 feet in just over 24 hours) and our capital ended up with 2 inches (yes, I said inches) of snow which shut the whole damn thing down. I finally ended up getting my results, but I was sweating bullets the whole time.

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DutchFox

RN, BSN1 point · 5 years ago

The NCLEX has to be one of the most asinine tests ever invented. For anyone who has failed, I feel like it is not at ALL indicative of your nursing knowledge or how good of a nurse you'll be. I knew my stuff going in, it shut off after 75 questions. Feeling like I had guessed on about 80% of them, I proceeded to have an existential meltdown for the next 36 hours. Alas, the results came through, I got my license, and the celebratory drinking began!

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goGlenCoco

FNP, urgent care1 point · 5 years ago

The odds of failing at 75 questions are extremely low. You're fine.

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